LOS ANGELES, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- When the Duke and Duchess announced they were expecting, BabyNames.com conducted a poll of more than ten thousand site members and Facebook followers. The resulting number one choice for the future monarch was George for a boy and Charlotte for a girl.
The internet was abuzz when the prince's official name was announced: George Alexander Louis. The royal heir was named after Queen Elizabeth's father, George VI, a beloved ruler who led their nation during World War II. "It wasn't surprising that William and Kate chose the name George," says Jennifer Moss, Founder and CEO of BabyNames.com. "It is a traditional name, deeply rooted in British history." Moss also says royalty, celebrities, and pop culture have a big influence on baby-naming trends. "The name George will likely jump up the most popular name charts in the U.S. soon," she says. "After all, both William and Henry (Prince Harry's real name) are currently in the top twenty."
Americans have both good and bad associations with the name George, Moss adds. "While we're very proud of our founding father George Washington, he did wage war against King George. We also have two recent president Georges, who may or may not evoke a good association. However, today's comments from our members on both sides of the pond agree George is a strong and kingly name." Although the name George is currently the 6th most popular name in England for boys, it is only ranked #166 for the U.S.
BabyNames.com has been the top website for names and naming since 1996, and receives over 2 million visitors per month.
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